This was a subject of conversation the other day between myself and Tara, my Beta reader (she reads my WIP’s for consistency and plot holes).
She believes our lives have soundtracks – just like movies do. In a sense I agree with her, because music is HUGE for me. I use music for everything. It will trigger an idea for a new book, it will keep me attached to a movie (yes, right now it’s Twilight and Rob Pattinson’s song (Never Think)-I Love IT!).
Okay I'm drooling and digressing…
Want to know how to tell my mood?
Hyper good mood = Hard Rock, Alternative
Party mood = Rock, Rap or R&B
Sexy mood = Jazz, slow R&B
Nostalgic = Country, Southern Rock, 80’s & 90’s rock
Calm or need to be Calm = Opera, Classical
Sounds like I have multiple personalities doesn’t it…I’m extremely eclectic when it comes to music.
So when we were discussing a new idea I have for a book – or rather a book I’ve already written, but changing the genre on it, she mentioned that I needed to have a soundtrack for it. She believes books should have soundtracks too – No stealing, this is Tara’s idea, so she should get royalties – LOL. So anyway, she was giving me ideas, which were all good. But I can’t hear it yet – she can obviously.
There are a lot of writers I know that write and listen to music. I’m not one of them. Hell I can barely walk and chew gum – LOL.
Typically I need complete quiet. A song can spur an idea and I’ll listen to the song often to get the thought/feeling back, but I can’t write to it. She on the other hand listens to music doing everything and I’m sure she has the soundtrack to my book already in her iPod.
So this got me to thinking about life and if I had to make a soundtrack for my life what would it look like. I’ve compiled a few songs that I still love to this day even if I don’t always listen to that artist much, but hold great memories for me.
What would the soundtrack for my life look like?
Sister Christian (Night Ranger), Jessie’s Girl (Rick Springfield), Give me Three Steps (Lynard Skynard), Sara Smiles (Hall & Oats), Living on a Prayer (Bon Jovi), Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne), Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf), The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion, There’s Only One Way to Rock (Sammy Hagar), Memory (Cat’s Soundtrack).
This by the way would only be Vol. #1 ;-)
What does your life soundtrack look like?